Lichfield Live has become a member of the largest association of independent publishers in the UK.

The Independent Community News Network is made up of more than 100 outlets in print and online.

It is the latest development for Lichfield Live, which confirmed over the weekend that it had become part of a community interest company under the Lichfield Community Media banner.

By becoming an ICNN member, the site joins other publishers across the UK in being able to access support on a range of issues related to the independent media community.

Ross Hawkes, founder and editorial director of Lichfield Live, said:

“This is another positive step for us as a website as it allows us to both learn from others in similar situations, as well as offer some of the insight from our 12 years of publishing across Lichfield and Burntwood.

“The coronavirus crisis has shown the value of local media as people seek trusted sources of information and we are proud to say we have been able to carry on reporting at a time when traditional outlets have either ceased publication or reduced coverage.

“The current situation has shown people want local news and information more than ever – the ICNN membership shows we are committed to continuing to provide it through Lichfield Live.”

Ross Hawkes, Lichfield Live

It comes after Lichfield Live smashed its own record for the number of page views and readers visiting the site this week.

“Audiences want local knowledge”

The ICNN has members across the UK and regularly lobbies on issue relating to the independent sector and publishers known as hyperlocal.

A spokesperson said its members had shown the value of content produced beyond the traditional media groups.

“The growth of these outlets represents a shift in attitudes towards news consumption.

“Audiences want local knowledge, intimacy, trust, connections – they want to know who their local journalist is. They want to be involved.

“Audiences want what hyperlocals are offering and are increasingly turning away from the multitude of high-powered, ad-driven alternatives that are concentrated in just a few companies.”

ICNN spokesperson


Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

3 replies on “Lichfield Live becomes a member of UK’s largest association of independent news publishers”

  1. Thanks Brian – we appreciate everyone’s support, particularly given the Government only appears to recognise newspapers in the current climate. An advertising campaign by Government is continuing to pay large newspapers publishers – including the owners of the Lichfield Mercury – to help them continue producing newspapers, even though they’ve already mothballed many of their local titles including the one here. We’ll keep ploughing on though and the ICNN membership gives us and the independent sector as a whole a stronger voice.

  2. “The submitting of the proof of the newspaper does NOT release the Editor from the full responsibility as to form and contents of the publication.
    Guernsey, 6 September , 1940
    So the freedom of the press, which The Star had treasured since its birth in 1813 when Wellington was winning his last battle of the Peninsular War, went up in smoke.”
    My best wishes to a Free and local Press whether in print or on line essential to any democracy.

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